Category Archives: Donations

The remainder of Bowen Island 2011 Rotary donation received

Tractor Ploughing Kunavelela Garden

Tractor Ploughing Kunavelela Garden
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The remainder of Rotary Club of Bowen Island funds raised in 2011 were received mid-2012 and have been put to good use to clear rocks and create more arable land in the vegetable garden. Towards the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, tractors were hired to plough the southern section of the garden and in February 2013, two TLB machines were hired to clear the rocks from the centre of the garden and shore-up the eastern boundary fence. It has taken some time to rent the necessary equipment at an affordable rate but Harry managed to find someone and the project is well on its’ way to creating a sufficiently large area that can be used for farming and food growing in the village.

Vegetable Garden 1 from Water Tower

Vegetable Garden from Water Tower

Until now, the vegetable garden has been functioning at about 20% capacity, but with the ground cleared and more land available for planting, additions of water tanks and irrigation will need to be made in order to increase the output and meet the communities needs.

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #2

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #2

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #3

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #3

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #4

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #4

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #5

Kunavelela Garden Site from Water Tower #5

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Westend Football Club and G.A.S.E. Marine partner up again

Donation leaves United Kingdom for Hluvukani

Donation leaves UK for Hluvukani

Westend Football Club in the UK ran another equipment drive to collect soccer gear and uniforms to send to Hluvukani for the Black Birds teams in 2012. In November, the collection of gear filling 11 boxes left the UK destined for Hluvukani and arrived in early January 2013. (Note: these pictures are thumbnails; please click them to see the full-size image.)

Ricky and JayneThwaites with Harry and Smilling

Ricky and Jayne Thwaites with Harry and Smilling

The Westend donation was followed up by a personal visit from Westends’ Football Club Ricky Thwaites and his family who visited the village they have so generously sponsored since 2008.

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Ricky Thwaites and family visit Hluvukani school

Harry and Smilling both took leave from work for the occasion and the day was spent visiting the schools, and interacting with the village children.

Westend Trophy

Westend Trophy

Smilling is in discussion with the heads of the local schools and plans to organize a regular tournament, the prize will be the shiny new trophy donated by Westend.

Adrian Ethridge of G.A.S.E. Marine, also UK based once again supported Kunavelela and its Soccer aims by covering all transport and customs costs and organized for the 11 boxes to be delivered door-to-door.

Our friends Adrien Etheridge and Ricky & Jayne Thwaites have been long-term supporters and financial contributors to the Kunavelela Community Project since 2008 and have made such a difference to the soccer component of the project.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to get the donation to Hluvukani.

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Ricky Plays With Kids

Ricky Plays With Kids

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Soccer Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Donation

Westend Girls

Westend Girls

Some of the Team

Some of the Team

Blackbirds in Uniform

Blackbirds in Uniform

Soccer gear donated by Westend Football club

Friendly Match - Soccer / FootballWith donations of soccer gear made by Westend Football club, the teams are now able to fully participate in matches held within the region, youngsters and older players regularly get to participate in friendly matches held in the village.

Computers donated to the Kunavelela Community Project

Smilling Working on donated computerDonations from generous sponsors have enabled the Kunavelela Community Project to keep pace with technology.  Harry and Smilling both have laptop computers and are now able to communicate directly with Sponsors,  Thank you Westend Football Club and Rotary clubs of Bowen Island and Burnaby for Smilling and Harry’s Computers.

Garden Equipment donated by FELCO

Garden Equipment donated by FELCO

In June 2012, a donation was made of FELCO gardening equipment.  Thank-you Laurent Perrin-Flisch of FELCO Switzerland for your support of the project and to Leon and Gys Liebenberg, FELCO representatives in South Africa, for making the necessary arrangements for delivery.  A number of premium quality cutters, pruning saws and long handled gardening sheers were received and couriered to the Kunavelela Project.

The gift of water – a photo essay of raising a windmill

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Progress on the veggie garden

In February, work began to level and earmark proper beds in the vegetable garden, plots were measured and marked out, levelled and built up around the edges to maximize the water use in the dry season.

In early April, work continues in the vegetable garden.  The area has been levelled with the help of a team of donkey’s ploughing the land into workable furrows for tilling and the planting beds have been prepared for winter crops. 

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There are additional funds on their way from Rotary and these will be used to clear the southern portion of the garden of rocks.  These funds will also be used to add irrigation pipes to the southern section of garden, purchase seeds and upgrade security of the new infrastrucure. 
For now though, Manyike has attached a length of 50m irrigation pipe to the tank outlet which will provide water to the cultivated northern half of the garden.

Smilling and Harry continue to work to secure community support and involvement for their project.  Through continued meetings with the village headman, the municipality, local farmers and members of the department of agriculture, churches and other non-profit organizations as well as from community members themselves, the project gains momentum, going from strength to strength.